Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. TRN shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with TRN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN).
How have hedgies been trading Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN). Citadel Investment Group has a $97.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $38.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, created the largest position in Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN). First Pacific Advisors LLC had 36.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $16.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.
Insider trading activity in Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN)
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN). These stocks are American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), Genesee & Wyoming Inc (NYSE:GWR), Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (NYSE:WAB), and Guangshen Railway Co. Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:GSH). This group of stocks are the members of the railroads industry and their market caps are closest to TRN’s market cap.